Offensive Notes vs. Cincinnati
The offensive line produced ample time and space (ATS) on 16 of 37 drop backs (43%), a familiar lament. However, Joe Flacco stayed focused on getting the ball out quickly, which reduced the impact of plays where linemen were beaten and resulted in an outstanding set of offensive line grades.
Here are Joe’s results against the Bengals with and without Ample Time and Space (ATS):
Summarizing results relative to expectation:
Summarizing the Bengals’ pass rush by numbers and ATS:
–The 43% ATS was consistent with his season 45%. Both numbers remain below the 6-year average of 51%.
–The numbers both with and without ATS are both in line with expectations for the opportunity set. That’s a function of both Flacco and the skill position players.
–The offensive line allowed just 1 of the 2 sacks (Flacco failed to get rid of the ball and ran out of bounds for a 5-yard loss) and no other QHs (Adam Jones got a QH on a free run).
–Among the 21 snaps that were not ATS, there were 8 where the ball was out quickly, so no lineman was charged with anything worse than a miss, primarily on screens and slants. I consider this a good thing, because the offense looked well prepared to take advantage of a below-average opportunity set with crossing patterns, slants, and quick outs to the backs.
–One thing Flacco, Ricky Wagner, and Vladimir Ducasse failed to do was minimize the impact of Carlos Dunlap’s height. He registered 2 more PDs and now has 10 on the season and 30 for his career. I was surprised to see that only 4 have come against the Ravens.
—Breshad Perriman’s TD grab (Q1, 10:21) was an outstanding example of control maintained from first contact. Had he made the 35-yard diving grab (Q2, 12:20), the ATS numbers would look a lot better and we’d probably be spending the week talking about his emergence and special connection with Flacco.
–Wallace and Flacco both deserve credit for the 31-yard (7 + 24 YAC) catch and run (Q2, 3:12). It was perfectly floated over Burfict for YAC and Wallace outraced Shaw for extra yards down the left sideline.
The Ravens ran 66 meaningful offensive plays (excludes penalties, 1 spike, and the final run/safety).
Stanley: Ronnie had another solid game. He was bulled three times by Michael Johnson. The first resulted in a sack when Flacco was flushed to Dunlap (Q1, 6:11) to end the Ravens second drive. I reviewed the play several times, but I don’t believe any other Raven deserves a share of the sack, so Stanley receives the entire charge. The 2 other bulls were simple pressures (Q2, 0:35 and Q3, 14:22). He had 3 blocks in level 2, including a highlight pull where he sealed Dennard to lead Dixon’s 8-yard run left to convert 4th and 1 (Q4, 15:00).
Scoring: 66 plays, 60 blocks, 2 missed, 2 pressures, 1 sack, 1 illegal formation, 47 points (.71 per play). C. It was his third consecutive game within a tight range.
Yanda: Antennae are up for any ways Marshal’s injury might be translate to on-field difficulties. He assembled another fine performance in aggregate, but with a season-high 6 missed blocks. Those were an odd collection, including 2 misses in level 2, a failure to impact a double team with Stanley, a slip on a run play, an inability to make a zone block crossing his face, and a chase of Atkins around the pocket (Q2, 12:12). His only full pressure allowed came when shed quickly by Atkins (Q2, 11:05). He made 6 of 8 blocks in level 2, and had 2 pancakes. I typically select the best highlight to review, but these are all as good as you’ll see and worth rewatching on Game Pass:
–(Q1, 15:00) Pancaked Atkins on the first snap from scrimmage to lead RM5.
–(Q2, 3:33) Delivered rare double pancake on Sims at the LoS and Burfict in level 2 to key Juszczyk’s 16-yard screen left.
–(Q4, 0:55) Drove Sims back 8 yards on Dixon’s 6-yard run.
The second block belongs on his career highlight reel.
Scoring: 66 plays, 58 blocks, 6 missed, 1.5 pressure, 55 points (.83 per play). After adjustment for opponent quality and his highlights, that’s a B+ at guard.
Zuttah: Jeremy rebounded by 44 points from his disaster at Dallas to post an adjusted score within 1 point of his season best. He allowed just a fraction of 2 pressures, including a bull to Atkins (Q1, 14:06). He missed 5 blocks and it is concerning that he was beaten on all of those, but the ball was either out quickly or the run did not go for a loss. He made all 5 blocks in level 2, including a highlight combo on Sims then Dansby, which occurred despite a loss of 2 (Q2, 8:03).
Scoring: 66 plays, 59 blocks, 5 missed, .75 (1/4 + 1/2) pressures, 57.5 points (.87 per play). After adjustment, that’s a B+ at center.
Ducasse: Vlad turned in a top-shelf performance in his third start at RG. His only full charge was a pressure allowed to Dunlap (Q2, 1:53). That pressure flushed Flacco on what ended up a 5-yard sack, but Joe should have unloaded the ball rather than run out of bounds. He was successful on all 4 of his pulls and made all 5 of his blocks in level 2. His highlight was a level-2 pancake of Burfict on a pull (Q4, 14:22) where he swallowed up and fell on the Bengals linebacker.
Scoring: 66 plays, 60 blocks, 3 missed, 1.75 (1 + ½ + ¼) pressures, 56.5 points (.86 per play). That’s an A after adjustment. The Ravens interior line was outstanding against moderate competition in this one. They are the key to driving the run game in December.
Wagner: Rick continued to play well. He allowed 2 full pressures, once beaten inside and another time bulled by Dunlap. He was also bulled by Johnson and flagged for holding on Flacco’s 5-yard sack (Q2, 1:53). That flag was negated, because it brought up 4th down, but it was a serious infraction since it also negated any possible conversion on the play. He made 6 of 7 blocks in level 2 and had 2 pancakes.
Scoring: 66 plays, 58 blocks, 3 missed, 2.5 pressures, 1 holding, 47 points (.71 per play). I’ve adjusted his score by the maximum .10 for the combination of Dunlap, the large number of blocks in level 2, and my belief the charge for the negated hold overstates its impact. That’s a B after adjustment. Without the holding flag, his grade would have been an A.
Hurst: Mornhinweg used James for 1 snap at TE and he made his block.